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We were fortunate to be able to use this analysis for making the key decision regarding funding distribution between programs targeting the different key affected populations and strengthening the interventions that will be more effective for prevention and control of the HIV epidemic in Georgia. Ketevan Stvilia, HIV program manager – National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Georgia

Several countries have used Optima analyses to inform their national HIV strategies or to develop concept notes for the Global Fund. Optima is also used in supporting the World Bank with their in-country HIV allocative efficiency analyses.

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Optima HIV has been applied in over 40 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean, with many studies resulting in shifts in policy or programmatic emphases. Below is a sample of case studies from the applications of Optima HIV in Sudan.

Case study: Sudan

In the first half of 2014, the Sudan National AIDS Programme reviewed its National Strategic Programme on HIV and AIDS while at the same time preparing a concept note for submission to the Global Fund for the 2015-17 grant cycle. At this time, the Government of Sudan approached the World Bank with a request to conduct an allocative efficiency analysis to inform the prioritization of the national HIV response and the development of the concept note. These analyses, conducted by the World Bank and using the Optima HIV model, recommended the country increase the focus of its HIV response to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and prevention for key populations including female sex workers (FSW) and men who have sex with men (MSM).

With the same amount of money, this strategic shift in investment was projected to reduce new cumulative infections by 37% by 2020. If more strategic allocations were maintained up to 2030, an estimated additional 49,000 new HIV infections and 14,000 HIV-related deaths could be averted.

When budgets were assigned for 2015-2017, the total amount of funding was less than 2013 levels. However, due to the optimization results, more funding was shifted towards programs targeting key populations, predicted to lead to a reduction of total new infections.

Technical reports

2020

Ending the AIDS epidemic in Cambodia

National Team, UNAIDS, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Report [PDF]

Resource optimization to maximize the HIV response in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Findings from Optima HIV modeling analyses across 11 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

National Teams, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Report [PDF English], Technical Report [PDF Russian]

Improving efficiency of the HIV response in Malawi: Findings from an Optima HIV modelling analysis

National Team, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Policy Brief [PDF]

Resource optimization to maximize the HIV response in Armenia

National Team, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Report [PDF]

Resource optimization to maximize the HIV response in Azerbaijan

National Team, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Report [PDF]

Resource optimization to maximize the HIV response in Belarus

National Team, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Report [PDF]

Resource optimization to maximize the HIV response in Georgia

National Team, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Report [PDF]

Resource optimization to maximize the HIV response in Kazakhstan

National Team, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Report [PDF]

Resource optimization to maximize the HIV response in Kyrgyzstan

National Team, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Report [PDF]

Resource optimization to maximize the HIV response in Moldova

National Team, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Report [PDF]

Resource optimization to maximize the HIV response in Romania

National Team, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Report [PDF]

Resource optimization to maximize the HIV response in Tajikistan

National Team, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Report [PDF]

Resource optimization to maximize the HIV response in Ukraine

National Team, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2020)

Technical Report [PDF]

2019

Improving the Allocative Efficiency of the HIV Response Across the Care Cascade in Zimbabwe: Findings from a Modelling Analysis

Taramusi I., Sisimayi C., Benedikt C., Cheikh N., Fraser N., Shubber Z., del Mar Quiroga M., Minnery M., Martin-Hughes R., Kelly S. (2019)

Technical Report [PDF]

Improving the allocative efficiency of Kosovo’s HIV response

Burnet Institute, Community Development Fund, National Institute of Public Health, Ministry of Health of Kosovo, Global Fund (2019)

Technical Report [PDF]

2018

Optimizing Investments in the National HIV Response of Mexico

Gutierrez C., Lavadenz F., Macias C., Petravic J., Lavadenz L. (2018)

The World Bank Group

Optimizando la Inversión del Plan de Respuesta de Colombia al VIH

Gutierrez C., Stuart R.M., Wilson D.P., Lavadenz F., Reporter I., Kerr C. (2018)

The World Bank Group

2017

Allocating HIV Funding Efficiently in Myanmar: Analyses Using the Optima HIV Model

Optima Consortium for Decision Science, the University of Bern, the University of New South Wales, and the Burnet Institute, UNAIDS, Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports, the World Bank Group (2017)

The World Bank Group

Allocative Efficiency Analysis (HIV) 2015-2030 for Karnataka & Punjab — India

Public Health Foundation of India in collaboration with National AIDS Control Organisation, National Institute of Medical Statistics, and Burnet Institute (2017)

The World Bank Group

Optimización de las inversiones para la respuesta al VIH en Perú

Prieto L., Montañez V., Petravic J., Reporter I., Medici A. (2017)

The World Bank Group

Optimizing Investments for a Sustainable and Efficient HIV Response in Togo

University College London, Burnet Institute, University of New South Wales (2017)

The World Bank Group for the Government of Togo

Optimización de la inversión en VIH/SIDA en Argentina

Calvo N., Lavadenz F., Reporter I., Petravic J., Pantanali C., Lavadenz, C. (2017)

The World Bank Group

2016

Ending AIDS in Johannesburg: An analysis of the status and scale-up towards HIV treatment and prevention targets.

Burnet Institute, Optima Consortium for Decision Science (2016)

The World Bank Group for the Gauteng Province Department of Health and South African Department of Health

Optimizing Investments for a Sustainable and Efficient HIV Response in Senegal: Findings from an HIV Allocative Efficiency Study

Government of Senegal, UNAIDS, the Optima Consortium for Decision Science, the University of Bern, the University of New South Wales, the Kirby Institute, and the Burnet Institute (2016)

The World Bank Group

HIV Investment in Cote d’Ivoire: Optimized allocation of HIV resources for a sustainable and efficient HIV response

University of Bern, University of New South Wales, Burnet Institute, and The World Bank (2016)

The World Bank Group

Optimizing investments in Bulgaria’s HIV response

University College London, Burnet Institute, University of New South Wales (2016)

The World Bank Group, Global Fund, UINAIDS, and UNDP for the Government of Bulgaria

Optimizing investments in Belarus for the National HIV Response

Atroshchanka O., Fisenka A., Ilyenkova V., Đurić P., Gray R., Benedikt C., Masaki E., Obst M., Kokiashvili D., Maxim C., Sakvarelidze G., Zhang S., Hailevich R., Manova M., Hamelmann C., Kerr C., Stuart R., Wilson D.P., Görgens M., Nguyen S.N., Wilson D. (2016)

The World Bank Group [PDF]

Optimizing Investments in the Kyrgyz Republic’s HIV Response

Maitieva V., Ianbukhtina L., Mambetov T., Bashmakova L., Sarybaeva M., Đurić P., Shattock A., Benedikt C., Masaki E., Obst M., Soorombaeva D., Abarbekova A., Kazizova M., Irbe S., Kokiashvili D., Mdivani N., Zhang S., Hailevich R., Manova M., Scutelniciuc O., Hamelmann C., Macauley J., Stuart R., Kerr C., Wilson D.P., Patel R., Nguyen S.N., Görgens M. (2016)

The World Bank Group

Value for money in Ukraine’s HIV response: strategic investment and improved efficiency

Kuzin I., Sharapka K., Gvozdeva E., Kerr C., Stuart R., Masaki E., Goroshko A., Benedikt C., Nizova N., Wilson D.P., Boyko J., Belli P., Görgens M., Wilson D., Manova M., Hailevich R., Tyszko J., Đurić P., Hamelmann c., Zhang S., Sakvarelidze G., Görgens M., Belli P., Doroshenko O., Fraser N., Garcia R.R., Shubber Z. (2016)

The World Bank Group

Optimizing Investments in Georgia’s HIV Response

Asatiani A., Baliashvili D., Khonelidze I., Ruadze E., Stvilia K., Tsereteli M., Chokoshvili O., Haghparast-Bidgoli H., Grobicki L., Panovska-Griffiths J., Skordis-Worrall J., Benedikt C., Kerr C., Stuart R., Wilson D.P., Görgens M., Masaki E., Hailevic R., Manova M., Kokiashvili D., Loncar D., Sakanyan T., Zhang S., Đurić P., Hamelmann C. (2016)

The World Bank Group

Optimizing HIV Investments in Armenia

Grigoryan S., Grigoryan T., Hovhannisyan R., Papoyan A., Kelly S., Benedikt C., Cuadros D.F., Masaki E., Obst M., Grishechkina V., Kokiashvili D., Zhang S., Hailevich R., Manova M., Đurić P., Hamelmann C., Kerr C., Stuart R., Wilson D.P., Nguyen S.N., Görgens M., Heard W. (2016)

The World Bank Group

Optimizing investments in Kazakhstan’s HIV response

Baiserkin B.S., Bokazhanova A., Ganina L.U., Kalinich N.F., Kazimova A.A., Petrenko I.I., Yelizarieva A.V., Đurić P., Shattock A., Benedikt C., Masaki E., Obst M., Farcy N., Kokiashvili D., Vinichenko T., Zhang S., Hailevich R., Manova M., Scutelniciuc O., Hamelmann C., Kerr C., Stuart R.M., Wilson D.P., Nguyen S.N., Görgens M., Wilson D., Patel R., Bortman M., Zhumadil B. (2016)

The World Bank Group

Science addressing drugs and HIV: State of the Art: 2nd Scientific Statement

Des Jarlais D., Bastos F., Benedikt C., Feelemyer J., Hayashi K., Kelly S., Kerr T., Lim H., Loh J., Milloy M.J.S., Shoptaw S., Williams A., Wilson D.P., Wilson D., Beg M., Hariga F. (2016)

UNODC [PDF]

Allocative and implementation efficiency in HIV prevention and treatment for people who inject drugs

Wilson D., Benedikt C., Kelly S., Wilson D.P. (2016)

UNODC Science Addressing Drugs and HIV: State of the Art Scientific Consensus for High Level Segment of the 59th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs [PDF]

Optimizing Investments in the National HIV Responses of Indonesia and Thailand: a Report for World Health Organization South-east Asia Regional Office

Grantham K., Reagan D., Law M., Wilson D.P. (2016)

WHO [PDF]

2015

A Case Study on How Allocative Efficiency Analysis Supported by Mathematical Modelling Changed HIV Investment in Sudan. From Analysis to Action

The World Bank Group (2015)

The World Bank Group

Optimizing Investments in Moldova’s HIV Response

University of New South Wales, Burnet Institute (2015)

The World Bank Group, Global Fund, UNAIDS, and UNDP for the Government of Moldova

Optimizing investments in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s HIV response

University College London, Burnet Institute, University of New South Wales (2015)

The World Bank Group for the Government of FYR Macedonia [PDF]

Modelling an Optimised Investment Approach for Uzbekistan: sustainable financing of National HIV responses

Wilson D.P., Kerr C., Đurić P., Hamelmann C. (2015)

UNDP for the Republic of Uzbekistan [PDF]

Zambia’s HIV Response: Prioritised and strategic allocation of HIV resources for impact and sustainability (findings from the HIV allocative efficiency study)

Masaki E., Fraser N., Haacker M., Obst M., Wootton R., Sunkutu R., Gorgens M., Gray R.T., Shattock A., Kerr C.C., Wilson D.P. (2015)

The World Bank Group and UNSW Australia for the Government of Zambia

Investing for Results: How Asia Pacific countries can invest for ending AIDS. High-level panel for AIDS Funding Landscape in Asia and the Pacific

Shattock A., Gray R., Donald B., Stuart R., Lief E., Zhang L., Wilson D. (2015)

Released at UNESCAP 2015, Bangkok. Comments by International AIDS Economics Network [PDF]

2014

Sudan’s HIV response: Value for money in a low-level HIV epidemic; Findings from the HIV allocative efficiency study

Fraser N., Benedikt C., Obst M., Masaki E., Gorgens M., Stuart R., Shattock A., Gray R.T., Kerr C.C., Wilson D.P. (2014)

The World Bank Group and UNSW Australia

Optimizing allocation of resources for HIV/AIDS responses: presented to the United Nations General Assembly

Wilson D.P., Stuart R., Shattock A., Gray R., Kelly S. (New York, September 2014)

UNAIDS World AIDS Day report (page 36) [PDF]

HIV Mathematical Modelling to Support Swaziland's Development of its HIV Investment Case

Kelly S., Shattock A., Kerr C.C., Gama T., Nhlabatsi N., Zagatti G., Harimurti P., Wilson D.P., Gorgens M. (2014)

The World Bank Group and UNSW for the Government of Swaziland

HIV resource needs, availabilities and gaps across ASEAN countries

Wilson D.P., Shattock A., Gray R. (Hanoi, Vietnam; September 2014)

Presented to the ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting [PDF]

Niger’s HIV response: Targeted investments for a health future. Findings from the HIV allocative efficiency and financial sustainability study

Fraser N., Cheikh N., Haacker M., Masaki E., Karamoko D., Gorgens M., Frescura L., Konan C., Kerr C.C., Gray R.T., Shattock A., Wilson D.P. (2014)

The World Bank Group

Ukraine HIV Program Efficiency Study: Can Ukraine improve value for money in HIV service delivery?

Wilson D.P., Razali K., Henderson K., Maher L., Ellard J., Shattock A., Semini I., Masaki E., Gorgens M. (2014)

The World Bank Group

HIV Investment in Armenia: Analysis & Recommendations

Kerr C.C., Wilson D.P. (2014)

UNAIDS [PDF]

Modelling an optimized investment approach for Tajikistan

Duric P., Hammelmann C., Wilson D.P., Kerr C.C. (2014)

UNDP [PDF-English] [PDF-русский]

Evaluation of a Decade of DFID and World Bank Supported HIV and AIDS Programmes in Vietnam from 2003 to 2012

Zhang L., Maher L., Pham D.Q., Higgs P., Anh N.D., Duc B.H. Shattock A., Hoa D.M., Wilson D.P. (2014)

The World Bank Group

2013

HIV Resource Needs, Efficient Allocation and Resource Mobilization for the Republic of Belarus

Wilson D.P., Yakusik A., Kerr C.C., Avila C. (2013)

UNAIDS and UNDP [PDF]

Return on Investment of HIV Prevention in Vietnam

Zhang L., Pham Q.D., Do M.H., Kerr C.C., Wilson D.P. (2013)

The World Bank Group

2012

Assessment of the allocation of HIV funding in Indonesia.

Gray R.T., Reyes J., Nadjib M., Harimurti P., Wilson D.P. (2012)

The World Bank Group

2011

The Papua New Guinea HIV Model: explaining the past, describing the present, and forecasting the future of the HIV epidemic in PNG

Gray R.T., Murray J.M., Wilson D.P., Vallely A., Kaldor J. (2011)

The Kirby Institute, The University of New South Wales [PDF]
[Technical Appendix] [Software Manual]

Evaluation of the epidemiological impact of harm reduction programs on HIV in Vietnam

Wilson D.P., Loo V., Zhang L., Thein H.H., Gray R., Kwon A. (2011)

Vietnam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control and The World Bank Group [PDF]

The HIV in Indonesia Model (HIM)

Wilson D.P., Riono P., Kerr C., Kwon A., Zhang L., Kaldor J., Sutrisna A., Farid M.N., Hadi N. (2011)

University of Indonesia [PDF] [Software Manual]

2010

Epidemiology and modeling report on HIV/AIDS in the Philippines

Farr A.C., Wilson D.P. (2010)

Technical Report for the World Bank Group [PDF]

2009

Evaluation of the potential impact of the global economic crisis on HIV epidemics in Southeast Asia (prepared for AusAID)

Wilson D.P., Gray R., Heymer K.J., Hoare A., Kwon J., Thein H.H., Worth H., Kaldor J. (2009)

National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, University of New South Wales [PDF]

2008

Mathematical models to investigate recent trends in HIV notifications among men who have sex with men in Australia

Wilson D.P., Hoare A., Regan D.G., Wand H., Law M.G. (2008)

National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, University of New South Wales [PDF]